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Virgin Net has delayed the full rollout of its flat-fee unmetered Net access service until September at the earliest because it doesn't want to make the same embarrassing U-turn as LineOne.

The ISP announced its intention to offer 'all-you-can-eat' Net access for £15 a month back in April and recruited 10,000 people to take part in the trial.

The full service was due to be given the green light later this month but this has now been delayed.

Referring to LineOne's decision to scrap it's unmetered Net access service just five months after launching it, Virgin Net spokeswoman Jessica Cross said: "We don't want to be in the same situation as LineOne.

"We want to make sure we get no nasty surprises around the corner."

It's not clear whether the delay has been timed deliberately to coincide with the introduction of a new wholesale flat-rate Net access service such as FRIACO.

LineOne has continued to receive a mauling from punters hacked off at the company's decision to axe its unmetered service.

One report even described it as "a scandal". ®

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